U Village

Sri Lanka

U Village

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A village of abject poverty, U Village is comprised of people who live with chronic illnesses, insufficient education, often undernourishment, and without hope.

Most men and women work on the tea and rubber plantations making less than two dollars per day. This is only enough for the average family to feed their children one scoop of rice each day and a small portion of meat once a week. Most of the children are undernourished creating mental and physical development problems and long-term health issues.

Often, the adults work, leaving the children without the necessary oversight of a parent to raise them. Children are also often pulled from school at an early age to work in the tea plantations. These issues and more put the children at risk of exploitation, not able to get good jobs when they are older, nor the ability to make good life decisions regarding health and family.

The people of U Village have no help, no hope, and only see themselves living in the same cycle of poverty and sickness they always have.

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Transformational Community Development©

Using the TCD method we will help the community understand and identify their problems and choose appropriate projects to resolve their problems which are self-sustainable using locally available resources. In TCD training sessions, the people of U Village learn about health and hygiene, clean water, disease prevention, making good life decisions, wellness in all areas of life, and many other topics.

We have come alongside the village to first help the community become aware of the root needs and then the development and completion of self-sustainable projects, chosen by the community, to resolve their problems. We began with an after school tutoring and supplemental feeding project. We will soon begin training women to have various simple cottage industries so they can be home for their families and still help provided for them. GHNI will provide a small loan that will be administered by the local community to go into a fund that remains in their community for future income generation projects.